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I love Nescafe gold blend, but there are times when i come home from work wanting a coffee, so i bought the decaf version instead. This id decaffeinated down to 0.2% so theres absolutely no effect of the caffeine whatsoever.
For those that don't know the maths, it's around 200mg caffeine per cup of coffee, so in this you're getting around 0.4mg - barely noticeable. I have never experienced any caffeine effect when drinking even 3 cups of this stuff (large cups at that) in the space of an hour so it's all good as far as being a night time drink is concerned.
The taste is quite smooth, there is a darker flavour to it but it's not bitter. It's not that rich compared to Kenco, i don't know if you've ever had a McDonalds coffee but this is the complete opposite, the other end of the coffee spectrum Good for me because i hate McDonalds coffee!
The taste doesn't linger in my mouth but it does leave you with coffee breath for a short while. The flavour can be washed away easily and it's not too strong. If you put a couple scoops of this into one cup for the extra strong flavour then you can increase the intensity but the taste wont be too overpowering. 4 or more scoops (trust me i've tried) is a very bad idea, it's foul.
Making the coffee is no different, it doesn't take any longer to dissolve and it doesn't require any special treatment. I usually like to chuck a sugar in there too so even though this is decaf, i will get some energy out of it. The granules are quite big for freeze dried coffee, if you can see them in that picture up there, that's an excellent representation of their size. Yes they are quite chunky but they don't take ages to dissolve and can easily be crushed. if they're rock solid, you know it's past it's best.
The coffee is usually £5 in Asda although i got two tubs for £8 in Tesco the other day. These come in bags too for "professionals" so basically coffee machines, but these are £9 for 300g off Amazon. The cheapest by far. I highly recommend buying the bags and then decanting them into a coffee pot or jar at home.
Overall a top quality coffee right before bed. Highly recommended.
I don't really believe in decaff coffee, I think if you are going to drink coffee and enjoy it and enjoy the benefits of a bit of caffeine whilst you are drinking it why would you even need to bother with decaff. I know people who drink decaff coffee at night time because they say that the caffeine in regular coffee keeps them awake at night but this has never been a problem for me.
However, last year when I was pregnant I knew I needed to buy some decaff coffee as lots of caffeine is not recommended during pregnancy but I knew I could not possibly give up my coffee habit so I had to settle for decaff for nine months. On a shopping trip I tasked my husband with finding me some nice decaff coffee as if I was going to ahve to drink it it might as well be a ncie expensive one!!
He came back with Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff which I have to say was absolutely lovely and to be honest I really could not tell the difference, it tastes exactly the same as regualr coffee, it was not bitter or flavourless and I did not really miss the caffeine. I think the only way in which I missed the caffeine was in my head, I like to know that I am drinking some caffeine so it gives me a bit of a boost so maybe I missed it a little bit if I thought of it like that but not really I have to say. It is made from 100% pure and natural coffee and you can tell as in my opinion these are good quality beans into granuales.
This coffee comes in granuale form and is an instant ready to make coffee so you just need to pour hot water over it to make it. It has a nice rich smell to it and is not a very strong coffee but lovely and creamy if you add lots of milk to it. You can tell it apart on the shelves from regular coffee as this jar has a blue lid on it and also a blue label telling you that it is Nescafe's decaff version. I drank tons of this stuff when I was pregnant and it was satisfying and thankfully did no harm to the baby so I am pleased it was in decaff form. I have a little bit left in a jar in my cupboard, I have not really used it since I was pregnant but I am keeping it there for any pregnant friends that make come to visit as it is such a good coffee.
Hmmmmm....may not be a very eloquant way of starting a review but this is what I think of this product, and to be fair decaff products in general.
To be balanced, I suppose that this product does do what it says on the label. You do get the rich Nescafe taste, and it does offer decaff. However, I feel this misses the point of what coffee is there for.
I am a very big coffee drinker. I started out on Nescafe Original when I started work, but now I prefer the taste of fresh coffee and the good hit of an Espresso. So now when I look at Nescafe Decaff I just dont see the point. Coffee is drunk for the quick in a morning or as a pick me up when your feeling tired! I recently was in this situation, I was exhasted and had a long meeting ahead of me and needed a kick start. Someone offered to make a coffee and came back with one. However, it was Nescafe Decafe, so all I really got was some hot water, the nescafe taste, and hot milk! Hot milk to keep me awake, that is not going to work.
So while Nescafe Decaff may taste similar to Nescafe, I find it slightly pointless.
There is no denying it, I love coffee, and I love the taste nearly as much as the buzz I get from the caffeine. I need it in a morning to get me going and I need it throughout the day to keep me energised and focused on the tasks ahead. As a student I relied upon it to get me through writing my essays and the many hours I spent revising and now in my mid twenties I am still relying upon coffee to give me a kick up the bum. The only downside of drinking so much caffeine is the buzz it gives me and now that I don't have to be up all night studying finishing off that final closing paragraph of an essay it was time to relinquish my dependency on it. I felt that if I cut down on the amount of caffeine I consumed per day then I wouldn't wake up in a morning feeling like I had just gone to bed because of the caffeine in my system stopping and interrupting my sleep. I switched upon the advice of my mother to Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff, the same coffee that I drank but without all of the caffeine in the hope my addiction and need would subside and I would become half human again.
The Nescafe brand has been around since the 1930's and I it has been a firm favourite in my parents household since I was a child. They use it religiously, unless they have a family dinner in which case the Cypriot coffee (packed with caffeine) comes out.
Decaffeinated Nescafe coffee didn't become available until the late 1980's and wasn't something I had ever considered drinking if I am being totally honest. For me drinking coffee is all about the taste and the freshness of the bean on the palate, one thing I don't feel I get from trendy high street stores like Costa Coffee or Café Nero where the taste is lacking and isn't sharp enough for me. I like the taste of coffee as soon as it hits my palette, the sharp, rich aroma that fills my nostrils as the hot water mixes with the coffee granules in my mug and I wanted all of this without the high levels of caffeine.
The jar of Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff is easy to spot upon your supermarket shelf because in my local Tesco they house all of the Nescafe coffee products together and this particular jar has a bright blue lid (despite the photo accompanying this product on Ciao having a red lid) with the words Nescafe Original being placed upon a background of a gold bean with the word 'Decaff' being strategically placed in black writing underneath those words. Inside the jar there is a gold foil top which you need to open by popping it with a spoon and then you will find that there are no coffee beans as such because in order to preserve the aroma and fuller flavour this Decaff coffee is what they call a freeze dried soluble coffee which resemble gravy granules to me, they are a light brown colour and crumble easily if you squish them between your fingers or with a spoon which denotes that as soon as they come into contact with boiling water they dissolve easily.
Now having been promised that I would get all the great taste and the rich aroma of my favourite NESCAFÉ coffee, without all of the caffeine I was feeling pretty confident that I would be ale to enjoy my cup of coffee but still sleep like a baby waking up feeling refreshed without rushing to the kitchen for the coffee jar before going to work. Sadly for me this wasn't at all the case. As I mentioned I like the taste and the aroma of coffee that is why I drink it and to be honest I am not too sure what I expected from decaffineated coffee because I had never tried it before. The aroma, although it smelt like coffee wasn't particularly exciting. It seemed to be a watered down version of the normal coffee, whilst it have off a sharp coffee aroma it was lacking any body or wasn't at all as rich as the fuilly caffeinated brand and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from the taste after this dissapointment. I like to smell things before I eat or drink them, usully avoiding putting anything in my mouth that I don't like the smell of. When I have my usual Nescafe Gold Blend the first thing I notice is the smell as I pour the water into my mug and leave it for a few minutes to make that perfect cup of coffee and with this decaff version there was a faint smell of coffee but without the caffeine there isnt an awful lot to get excited about. On a scale of 1 to 10, the aroma gets a 4 from me, with the fully caffeinated version scoring an 8/10. This should give readers an indication of how lacking it is.
The aroma was firstly disappointing and I hoped that when I put my coffee to my lips that the taste wasn't as bad as the aroma suggested it would be. Whereas my usual coffee is smooth on the lips and quite a lot thicker in consistanty this was much more watery and had distinctly lacked any taste of coffee, the flavour for me just wasn't there and the bitter aftertaste was too much for me to bear, so much so that I couldn't finish the first cup. I take my coffee without milk, cream or sugar, I don't see the point in ruining a perfectly good cup of coffee by adding things too it and after deciding to give the Decaff the benefit of the doubt and try it with some milk it was just as awful and the bitter taste wasn't masked by the milk, so I have permanently switched back to Nescafe Gold Blend and instead limiting the number of cups I drink per day because I don't see the point in paying for something I don't like the taste of.
The flavour wasn't rich, I couldn't actually taste any coffee beans at all when drinking either with or without milk and my mouth was left feeling like a tramps old sock after finishing. Over a week I have tried 8-9 cups of the coffee and each time I have been left hugely dissapointed. It is not a gold standard I'm afraid and I really wouldn't recommend it as an alternative for those looking to reduce their caffeine intake. On taste, I rate the coffee as a 2/10 whereas the caffeinated version again received 8/10.
Despite my dislike for this product you can find it in any supermarket, in my local Tesco it is £2.74 for 100g although it is currently on offer to buy two jars for £4 and a 200g jar retails for £5.40 although again it is on offer for £7 if you buy two jars. I personally wouldn't bother, it didn't give me the rich aroma I liked and it didn't taste similar to the fully caffeinated version and isn't something I will be buying again..
I gave up caffeine a while ago. I wrote a review about Rooibos tea to boast about my new inner calm and healthy lifestyle. Well, I'm sorry to say that on occasion I have since fallen off of the Caffeine wagon and fancied a lucozade, or a coffee (a recent holiday to Italy was not great on the caffeine front - what's an Italian meal without a cheeky little espresso afterwards?!).
In general, though, I'm still quite good. This is why, in conflict with all of my previous caffeinated grumblings along the lines of "no caffeine, no point", I have recently succumbed to the lure of Decaff coffee. It wasn't an easy decision to make. My boyfriend's taunts at my "joyless" coffee didn't help!
Nescafe Gold Blend is probably one of the most well-known and well-liked instant coffees on the market, and with good reason - whenever I've had the caffeinated version it has been smooth, tasty and not nearly as bitter as a lot of instant coffees can be. While I have a lot of time for the Dowe Egberts' of this world, Gold Blend is a nice, reliable instant that you can easily find anywhere (particularly in office kitchens, possibly going some way to explain why I drank so much of the stuff over the years...).
It was with resignation that I put the Gold Blend Decaff into my shopping basket a few weeks ago - knowing that if I was to continue to resist Caffeine I would have to cave in to my need for coffee, it seemed like my only option.
Well, there's not a massive amount to say about this as a drinking experience - it tastes pretty much the same as normal Gold Blend. It's as smooth, it makes coffee that looks pretty much the same colour, it does the same job but without the caffeine. When I've tried normal Gold Blend again since I have noticed that it tastes a little stronger and more bitter, so if anything I would say that the Decaff is actually a little bit nicer.
Giving up caffeine, although I've let it slide a little bit now, has been a great decision for me. Now I've been without it a little while I do really notice the highs and lows of my energy levels that come with a caffeinated day, and I do tend to sleep better. Now I don't have caffeine all the time, I do tend to use it only when I need a pick-me-up, and it works again - before, when I got through loads of the stuff, I'd never notice any positive effects from drinking it.
Moving onto a Decaff version of an instant coffee I liked has helped me to keep off the caffeine, and if you do want to give it up yourself, it's definitely a technique I'd recommend.
So if you like Gold Blend, give this good Decaff version a shot.
I've been drinking so much coffee since our grandson came along that the Mrs decided I ought to try decaff to cut back on the bad stuff a bit. In fairness, I did my fair share of sleepless nights and night feeds many years ago now and didn't expect to be doing them all over again twenty years later! I have no choice really but to help out sometimes though to give the daughter a break and even when I don't, I still get woken at 3am before trundling off to work at half six. So I began drinking a lot more coffee than usual to try to keep me going. Even now the grandson is a bit older and doesn't wake up too often, I find I can't kick my ten cups a day habit and two of those are before I've even left for work in the morning.
So the Mrs bought me some Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated Coffee with the shopping to try a few months ago and I've been drinking the stuff most of the time since. The first time I tried this I was expecting it to taste differently to my usual full caffeine Nescafe Gold Blend but I was surprised to find it tastes almost exactly the same. I say almost because there must be a difference - but I can't taste it! The smell when you make a cup up is exactly the same as regular coffee too. Being Nescafe you can expect a good strong aroma from this stuff which is just how I like my coffee.
I have to say I've noticed the difference without having all the caffeine in my system though so I do still have two cups a day of the regular caffeinated stuff. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, just to give me a boost. I don't smoke much these days and I only drink once a week (sometimes twice) so it's good to have a little something in your life that's bad for you! I try to be healthy and watch my weight for the family's sake but I don't think it hurts to have a few little indulgences in your life. The rest of the time though, I quite happily drink this decaff stuff and don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. There's still a small amount of caffeine in this so of course it's still not okay for children or those with allergies really but I'd expect pregnant women would be okay to have a little bit of this?
I think that this is a must try brand of decaff if you're looking to try and cut back on the bad stuff. I've had other brands in the past (many years ago now) and thought the stuff tasted foul but this tastes just like regular Nescafe coffee. I guess if you enjoy a healthy lifestyle, you can get your energy from that instead of relying on drinking drugs all day long! I guess getting seven hours of uninterrupted sleep at night helps too and at least if you're not full of caffeine, it's easier to get.
<<>>NESCAFE GOLD BLEND DECAFF COFFEE<<>>
Nescafe is the world's favourite coffee, as a nation we drink a staggering 15000 cups of Nescafe every minute.
<>DECAFFEINATED COFFEE IS IT FOR YOU?<>
The word decaffeinated conjures up thoughts to me, of a coffee which has had the the main strength taken out. Surely it's the ingredient caffeine, which gives coffee it's rich, distinctive flavour. It also gives it 'The Kick', which we associate with coffee when drinking it. Coffee is for most people one of the simple pleasures of the day. Drunk In moderate amounts it can be a treat for the taste buds. Many people start their working day with an espresso. This small concentrated, strong, coffee gives them an immediate 'kick' of energy; a 'Rush', to prepare them for their busy day ahead. Coffee houses are rife nowadays selling many different forms of coffee. It is very much a part of our culture. However coffee taken in large quantities throughout the day can lead to your body reacting in a strange way. The key to coffee drinking is therefore is to limit the quantity which you consume. If you exceed more than three or four coffees per day this can result in the 'coffee jitters', and these are caused by an over consumption of caffeine. Caffeine is associated with addiction.
How many times have we caught ourselves saying "I NEED a cup of coffee!" It is a definite boost to the energy levels, it works on the central nervous system, by stimulating the stress handling hormone, Adrenalin, and increases our cortisol out-put, which brings with it a heightened awareness, increase in energy levels, and alertness. It also increases intellectual activity. Coffee brings with it some health risks, and over an extended time caffeine taken in large amounts during pregnancy has been linked to a high increase in stillbirths, miscarriages, birth defects, and low birth weight. So coffee is definitely not to be consumed whilst pregnant, or if nursing. - There are also many people who are allergic to the caffeine in coffee, or they may have a medical condition from which they are suffering which may be aggravated by the consumption of caffeine. Also over consumption of caffeine can result in adrenal exhaustion.- So after looking at the facts, I think safety wise that decaff is by far the wiser option, though I am yet to find out if it is the tastier option. Coffee is a great kick-start to the day, and to eliminate it from our diets completely would not be the answer. So would removing caffeine from our coffee be the sensible solution I wonder.~
<>NESCAFE GOLD BLEND DECAFF COFFEE<>
I have the 100g bottle which cost £3.27 - There is also a 200g jar which costs £4.35 Both prices quoted from the Co-op. Now this is a little dearer than normal coffee, but considering there is going to less health risks attached , I don't feel this is too high a price to pay. Prices may vary, and you may want to shop around for this product, and possibly find a better deal elsewhere. Check on the Internet for best available pricing on Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff, as you never know, some sites may offer a special deal. But considering how many cups you will actually get from the 100g jar of Nescafe coffee, I feel it is still good value for the price I paid. ~
The Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff coffee is housed in an attractive, shaped glass jar tapered at the waist for easy handling. It has a bright blue lid with Nescafe embossed upon it. There is a blue/brown/ & silver foil label to the front with a large coffee bean upon it, and stamped upon the bean, in the format of Gold Hallmarking, is a cup, some steam, and a smaller coffee bean. The word Decaff is placed to the bottom of the jar, and running up the side of the jar is the word Nescafe written in White lettering, and Gold Blend, Rich Aroma to the top. There is also a bean tied with a ribbon, which is promoting the gifts that the bean tokens provide. To the reverse we have the expiry date, which is one year, various other information, and a free coffee bean token, with a website address, and freephone number, where you can check what rewards can be gained from collecting the tokens. ~
The decaff coffee is freeze dried soluble coffee. The granules are light brown in colour, and quite large. As I crumble the freeze dried coffee between my fingers, it crumbles to a fine powder and releases a welcoming deeper smell of coffee . The benefits to the coffee by freeze drying are that of preservation of aroma, flavor, and chemistry. The Freeze drying method is regarded to be the "gold standard" of drying methods, and very few instant coffees offer this, as it is a costly process. So locked-in flavour is all important to Nescafe, so they can deliver first class freshness, and full taste to the consumer.
The screw top jar reveals an vacuum-sealed gold foil cover. I love piercing this as I like the 'pop' sound it makes, and once removed, the aroma I am greeted by, is that of a rich bodied coffee. There is no loss of aroma whatsoever, and the smell is produces is that of dried coffee beans. It smells of a medium strength roast, not too strong, yet not too light, nor without loss of substance. It smells very pleasant indeed. The aroma is very similar to the smell of normal caffeined coffee. So no loss of the welcoming fresh smell on opening the jar, when releasing the vacuum seal. Also, the aroma when boiling water is poured on the freeze dried coffee is a very pleasant strength. ~
From the steam rising from the cup of coffee, I am greeted by the aroma of the decaff coffee, and it is very inviting. On first tasting, the flavour is rich, and smooth. The strength is of a medium roast I would say. It's just right for my taste buds, as I don't like my coffee too strong. The blend is very palatable, with no harsh aftertaste, or bitterness. There are no floating lumps of coffee in my cup, as the freeze dried coffee dissolved very easily when boiling water was added. I always add the boiling water first as this dissolves the granules completely, then I add the cream. I don't like the flavour of milk in coffee. This method should ensure a nice, smooth coffee with no floaters. If you add the milk first this wont give the granules a chance to dissolve properly. I have always avoided drinking coffee before bedtime, but with decaff there is less chance of sleeplessness. So I shall try one, and see.~
<>The Advantages Of Decaff<>
Firstly I'll start by saying that although decaff coffee is significantly lower in caffeine, it is not altogether free from it. After chemically extracting the caffeine, a low trace is still present within the coffee, and more importantly, the levels present are still high enough to cause caffeine dependency to the over indulger. By over Indulger I mean eight cups per day +. The advantages that I can see of decaff over caffeinated coffee, is that a lower level of this drug will mean less dependency, and side effects, without losing too much of the flavour, and the strength of the coffee. ~
Coffee is made from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, Coffea arabica, known for it's delicate aroma, and in a lesser degree, from the plant Canephore. The Robusta coffee from the Canephore coffee plant tends to be very bitter, and stronger than the arabica, so it is used less often. The process is: the cleaning of the seeds first, they are then dried, roasted and ground, ready for packaging. Nescafe use both blends of Arabica and Robusta beans from around the world. Nescafe claim that coffee has more antioxidants than Green Tea, or fruit juice, and counts as part of your daily fluid intake. Nescafe began production nearly 100 years ago, when the Brazilian government set the company Nestlé, a challenge to invent an instant soluble coffee powder that would retain it's natural coffee flavour. They succeeded and the instant coffee was created by means of a new spray drying process. Nesle called the new product Nescafe. With the arrival of the coffee bar culture, coffee became very much a part of the British society. It has grown from strength to strength, and today the coffee shops are abundant, offering many varieties of coffee, and the 'Coffee culture' is now very much a part of our everyday lives. ~
Caffeine is derived primarily from the seed of coffee bean. It is also to be found in the Tea, cocoa plants, and guarana. Large doses of caffeine can cause rapid heartbeat, jitters, headaches, and can even induce delirium and convulsions. A recorded fatal dose to an adult, was forty cups drunk in a very short space of time. Caffeine taken before going to bed can cause sleeplessness, and depth of sleep will be lighter when finally dropping off. Caffeine is considered to be similar to nicotine in tobacco, for it's dependency qualities, and is highly addictive. So I think safety in small doses is the watchword here. Caffeine is also more toxic to some animals, such as horses, dogs and parrots, as they have a hard time metabolising this compound. Similar to theobromine in chocolate, which can have devastating effects when fed to a dog, for the very same reasons. They cannot break down the compound contained within the chocolate, and it becomes extremely toxic to them.
Caffeine withdrawal can cause headache and nausea. It can make you tired and very thirsty. It can also make you need to go to the loo excessively. This loss of fluid has to be replaced, and to compensate, it is essential to drink lots of water. Caffeine can cause a drop in Serotonin levels, leaving you depressed and anxious. Irritability and lack of concentration can also arise, leading to a condition known as 'The Crash'. Coffee, including decaf, has high amounts of vitamin K, which affects coagulation of the blood - not good for people at risk of stroke, blood clots, and heart attack. Many of the chemicals in coffee can irritate the stomach lining which can lead to an increase of stomach acid, which can cause digestive disorders. Like tea, coffee also contains tannin. The combined effect of caffeine and tannin can create many neuro-genetic disorders. Coffee is also one of most heavily pesticide sprayed crops. Though the FDA considers caffeine to be "Generally Recognized as Safe." ~
* Do not drink coffee if you are pregnant or nursing.
* Avoid coffee if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, gall stones, or a tendency for blood clots or stroke.
* Do not drink coffee if you have mental illness, insomnia or anxiety.
* Avoid coffee if you have a coffee allergy or sensitivity or drug interaction issue.
* Avoid coffee if you get agitated or feel hyper or quivery inside after drinking.
* Do not drink coffee if you feel you must have a cup to wake up and get going and then need another cup later in the day to keep going. If this is your situation then begin to wean yourself off slowly and switch to tea.
* Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
* Take a good vitamin/mineral supplement to replace lost electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins due to the diuretic effects.
<< >> MY OPINION << >>
I consider Nescafe to be a good coffee. So I was quite happy to try this product. I liked the fact that is freeze dried, it does seem to lock in the flavour nicely, and somehow seem fresher. The granules dissolved easily in the boiling water, and there were no bitter, floating lumps that you can sometimes experience from powdered coffee. The strength of the Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff was very palettable. The flavour was good, it was very acceptable. You don't receive 'the after kick' from this, which you do from caffeinated coffee, but the rich smooth flavour was present nonetheless, and the aromatic smell released from the coffee, when made, was very inviting. I have used decaff before, in the form of Cafe Hag, over quite a long period of time, and after a while, I came to prefer it to caffeinated. So I think this could be the case here. The Gold Blend is actually a very pleasant taste. I drank a caffeinated coffee after trying the decaff, and it compares favourably. It was actually a smoother taste. I don't think there is a drastic difference, it just doesn't have that kick to it.
Nescafe is the Worlds favourite coffee, so we know we are getting a good blend from them. Remember, a cup of coffee is 98% water, so the water we make our coffee with is all important! The coffee will only be as good as the quality of the water added. In conclusion I would say the Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff is a good quality cup of coffee, with rich roast flavour. ~ Nescafe make a full range of delicious coffees, including Fairtrade certified. Visit the Nescafe website to view their products, and other related information.~
Nescafe is made by Nestle. The company's social responsibility and ethics have received some bad press in the past, notably for it's marketing of it's baby formula, promoting it as 'better for babies, than mothers milk', and for it's purchasing of cocoa from the Ivory Coast... Recently, however Nestle have been working with the Community Food Network, FareShare. "FareShare, and Nestlé UK were awarded 'Best Partnership' by leading recycling organisation Valpak at the organisation's annual awards. The award recognised Nestlé UK's work with FareShare to develop a one-stop shop for food industry surplus and waste." Nescafe are also working on projects concerning Ethiopia and El Salvador to help develop agricultural practices as part of an ongoing concern.
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Nescafe Gold Blend Decaff is available from most Supermarkets and convenience storesNationwide. Prices range from £3.27 for the 100g & £4.35 for the 200g (Prices may vary)
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Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated is unlike other coffee as it does not contain caffeine.
Now is decaffeinated better than caffeine?
What is caffeine - This is a substance that can affect the nervous system, can make you alert and fight tiredness away for a short period of time. This can last up to 4 hours before you start feeling tired, but it does not mean you don't have to sleep. It just makes your body think you are not tired for a certain amount of time. Regular use of it can make you feel dependant on it and could cause you to have a sleep disorder.
Decaffeinated - From the name you might think contains no caffeine but that is not the case it. It still contains a fifth of the caffeine in a regular cup. Which means drinking 5 regular cups of decaffeinated coffee could be the same as consuming one cup of caffeinated coffee.
I think it's safe to say that decaffeinated is the safer choice as both contain caffeine just one more than the other. For me both are great choices as I drink coffee maybe once or twice a day. So I am less likely to be affected by any of the symptoms as I do not crave for coffee.
The most common effect of coffee is that you feel more alert and awake. This happens after a 45 minute period at which time it takes for the stomach and intestines to absorb it. The effects however could last up to 4 hours at which you will start feeling tired and lose control and awareness. Finally the effect on heavy users is that when they stop using it they will still crave for it, so if they don't have some the symptoms are headaches and nausea. This can be overcome by continuously lowering the consumption until your body does not need it instead of stopping it completely.
The Coffee comes in a glass container that has a hexagonal shaped blue lid, under the lid it is sealed inside by a gold foil so that the aroma does not come out until first use.
Now like all coffee I particularly do not like the bitter taste so I usually use a lot of sugar but on this decaffeinated version I found that I did not need to use much sugar. This is because most coffee I have had usually contains caffeine; you all know that caffeine tastes very bitter. Since this brand had the caffeine taken out of it most of the caffeine a lot of the bitterness had gone with it which with a bit of sugar I found it tasted great. I particularly like the smell as I am sipping on it, and feel that I get from the steam from the hot coffee on my nose.
Can be purchased for £5.40 for a 200g jar at Sainsbury's
I think this is a bit overpriced as you can get Gold Blend for only £3.74 for a 200g jar which is currently on special offer at Sainsbury's.
As I am not a heavy user of this product I do not find the need to spend this much money on it when I could buy the original Nestles Gold Blend for £3.74 which is about 30% cheaper. I only spend this much because It lasts me very long. The only bad thing I find about taking long to finish the coffee jar is that the taste is not as great as it was at first use this is because a lot of the aroma has left the jar. I still think coffee bought from the shop and they seem to taste way better although this does taste great. For heavy users I highly recommend this as it is a healthier option unless you decided to drink 5 times more coffee just to compensate for the caffeine small amount of caffeine this contains. Using too much coffee could deprive heavy users of their sleep. Both decaf and caffeine coffee still have the same effects on your sleep partly because caffeine is not the only facture in the coffee that does this. I would like to conclude that this is a great product and for heavy coffee users, I recommend that you get it and please keep it away from children as it affects their breathing. And also for those who are pregnant here's your tip: The Food Standards Agency has recommended that pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to less than 300 mg of caffeine a day - the equivalent of four cups of coffee a day. A higher intake may be associated with miscarriage.
First of all a coffee time quiz:
(All answers can be found in the review)
(Do not go to the end and look at the answers - that's cheating!!)
1 - What company is Nescafe part of?
2 - What decade was Nescafe born?
3 - How many species of coffee are there?
4 - Can you name the two most commercial beans?
5 - How many cups of Nescafe are drunk every minute in Britain?
I never used to like drinking coffee, but after I had my son Toby, I found myself drinking the odd cup at friends houses, and now I regularly drink one with my breakfast and another mid morning, I don't feel I can get through the day without them. I've always liked the smell of coffee, but was happier drinking fruit juices or water. Since drinking it I have spent a bit of time trying different brands and types, I have also learnt loads about where it came from, and felt that whilst I have a cup in front of me, I would tell you what I have found out, and let you all know which has become my favourite jar I reach for, when I want a cup.
My husband always drinks Nescafe Gold Blend coffee, which I must say I do like, but I felt that I wanted to try other varieties, so went to the supermarket and found their own brand, Kenco, Douwe Egberts and a huge range from Nescafe. I avoided the supermarket brand, as I wanted a bit of quality, and tried the standard Kenco and Douwe Egberts, but was not overly keen on the taste, one I found to be quite bitter, but cannot remember now which one it was. I tried my husbands Nescafe and was happy with the taste, providing I made it wit the right amount of milk. There was another problem though; I now found that I couldn't sleep at night, so I need to reduce the amount of caffeine in my diet, I found that Nescafe made a Gold Blend Decaff coffee, I bought a small jar, tried it, and liked it. I still drink a couple of cups a day, and now sleep well at night.
NESCAFÉ - The Beginning
NESCAFÉ has been traced back to the 1930's, when the Brazilian government challenged Nestlé to create a drink that could be made simply by mixing water to coffee beans, but which retained the coffee's natural flavours.
After seven years of development by a coffee guru Max Morgenthaler and his Swiss research team, NESCAFÉ was born and the breakthrough was introduced to the world on April 1st 1938.
During World War II, it became the staple drink of the United States armed forces and, from then on, its popularity really took off. In 1941 the entire production of NESCAFÉ's US plant, about a million cases a year, was reserved solely for the boys in uniform.
By the 1950s, coffee was the 'in' drink for the young rock'n'roll generation who flocked to the new coffee bars.
NESCAFÉ was not the first coffee drink introduced; A Japanese chemist called Kato patented a process for making soluble coffee powder in 1903 in Chicago. He was followed in 1909 by the Englishman, George C Washington, who made instant coffee powder commercially available for the first time. It was the Brazilian Coffee Institute in the 1930's who decided that a good instant coffee that would retain its flavour would stimulate demand and help reduce Brazil's huge coffee surplus.
Since then, the NESCAFÉ range has continued to grow. When you go into the supermarket, there is such a large selection of coffees to choose from, Mild blends to strong premium, full-bodied coffees to after-dinner, and decaffeinated.
NESCAFÉ continues to innovate, launching different varieties, including their Fairtrade certified coffee. They have a long-term commitment to develop sustainable agricultural practices, specifically in Ethiopia and El Salvador.
The coffee process
Your coffee starts life on a small, evergreen tree that grows across South and Central America, Africa and Asia. The young coffee tree needs exactly the right amount of shaded sunlight, regular watering, fertilising, and pest and weed control, as well as constant attention, but it will take four years in these conditions before the plant starts producing beans. A well managed plant could carry on producing beans for almost 40 years.
Although there are about 60 species of coffee, the main two which are grown commercially are Arabica and Robusta. Only 100% pure coffee goes into NESCAFÉ, they use a blend of both of these beans, to guarantee a consistent quality of flavour and aroma. The Robusta bean is characterized by strong flavours and a low acidity, while the Arabica is more delicate, with a pleasant acidity
Do coffee beans grow on trees?
Coffee beans actually grow inside a red coffee 'cherry'. The cherry takes about nine months to ripen, they are then picked by hand, left to dry out and sorted. Only the quality beans are packed and shipped around the world. Those that are imperfect are thrown away.
How do make a perfect cuppa?
I'm sure if you speak to a selection of different people; they will each tell you different ways of making their perfect cup of coffee, whether it is instant, cafetiere, white, black, cappuccino, espresso, with or without sugar. You can always be sure of a quality cup of coffee from NESCAFÉ. They roast the beans to release that familiar coffee aroma and flavour, it is then ground, and specially dried so that when you add the hot water, you are left with a perfect cup every time.
Did you know that we British drink a massive 15000 cups of NESCAFÉ coffee every minute! (Source IRI 52 w/e 24 March 2007).
My Nescafe decaf coffee
The jar of coffee I have in my cupboard at the moment is a 100g jar. It has a light blue lid, (I've always bought it with the blue lid, I'm not sure when the colour changed, but the picture above is the old design) The label on the front is a mixture of gold, blue and silver, With the Nescafe title/logo running vertically down the left side, in white font. There is a picture of a bean in the background with a wispy bit of steam coming from the top. In gold writing there are the words Gold Blend and rich aroma. In clear brown writing at the bottom of the label is the word DECAFF. This has to be written clearly, as some people can only drink decaff, and some people can't, so to have this clearly labeled is a must.
There is all sorts of information written on the back, including contacts, best before date, and promotion details about Pick me ups, which I'll explain later.
All Nescafe jars are glass, and have a distinctive hour glass shape, which makes it easy to hold onto when you are taking out the coffee with a spoon or pouring straight into a cup.
When you unscrew the lid, you find a foil seal across the top of the jar, locking all the flavours and aromas inside, you can peel the top off, but I personally love to give it a good stab then tear the foil off. When you do this the strong coffee aroma fills the air instantly.
The granules are brown in colour and look like fine gravel. If you hold a piece between finger and thumb it crumbles easily into a powder. I scoop a teaspoon of coffee into my mug, and add a small amount of milk to it, whilst I wait for the water to boil. The milk instantly reacts with the granules and dissolves them, turning the milk a brown colour.
Once the water has boiled I pour water into the mug and watch the water turn brown with the coffee and milk mix. All the granules have dissolved and I'm left with a light brown medium strength coffee. Depending on your preference you can add more of less coffee and milk and also sugar if desired.
Having a coffee gives me the energy I need to get on with jobs for the day, most days I have another late morning, but all depends on what I'm doing and where I am; recently my son got a cup of coffee spilt over his arm at a toddler group. Thankfully the drink had cooled enough not to do any damage, but I will not drink any hot drinks around children, as the effects on their skin can last a lifetime.
I can't drink coffee as soon as it's made, I have to allow at least 5 - 10 minutes for it to cool slightly, but when it gets too cool then I have to start again, my mother-in-law re- heats her cold coffee in the microwave, but I find this makes it taste funny.
As stated earlier, I find that drinking coffee, too late in the day means that I can't sleep at night; this is still the case with decaff coffee. Did you know that, decaff coffee still contains some caffeine. Due to the processes used, not all caffeine is removed so you would expect to find about 2 - 4 milligrams of caffeine in each cup.
I'm glad that coffee makers have given us the option of buying a standard coffee or a decaff variety, just recently Nescafe bought out the half caff variety too, so there's no excuse now, you should be able to find something that suits you.
Answers to coffee quiz
1 - Nestle
2 - 1930's
3 - 60 species
4 - Arabica & Robusta
5 - 15000
Totals - How did you score?
1-2 You need another cup of coffee and read the review again!
3-4 Well done, but could do better
5 Go to the top of the class, you deserve a choccy biscuit.
Just in case you have enjoyed learning about coffee - Did you know:
(taken from Nescafe website)
~ Coffee is a great natural source of antioxidants, with even more than green tea or fruit juices. Antioxidants matter because they 'soak up' free radicals, the nasty waste products of exposure to tobacco smoke, radiation and other pollution. Free radicals are also a major contributor to ageing.
~ If you're on a diet or like to keep an eye on your weight, you'll be glad to learn that black coffee contains virtually no calories. There's one less thing to worry about.
~ We all need to stay hydrated and most people think that means drinking lots of water. In fact, coffee is just as good and counts towards your 6-8 glasses a day.
Nestle Pick me ups
On the back of Nestle coffee jars at the moment, until 31/12/08 you can collect bean tokens. Go onto the website:
You have to register, but you'll be given a free bean to start you off, and you'll need to print off a collector card, but then get collecting, you can then exchange them for gifts, for example:
6 beans - Book or DVD rental
10 beans - Eco bag
15 beans - pamper set or 2 for 1 theatre ticket
There are several other choices, depending what you want, you may have to pay a little towards p&p.
To find out more about Nescafe products you can visit www.nestle.co.uk and click on the Nescafe link.
You can also write to:
PO Box 207, York, YO91 1XY
Or call 0800 585759 (UK) 00800 6378 5385 (ROI)
I do love Nescafe coffee, and I will be drinking the Decaff variety, whenever I can. When I go to work I have a small plastic pot in my bag, with coffee in, so that I can use the variety I'm happy with.
My 100g jar cost me £2.74 at Tesco, at the moment their 200g jars are £5.40 each or 2 for £7, this offer will finish on 31st Dec 07
I hope you enjoyed reading my review
Nicola x 06/12/07
I love my cup of coffee in the morning, not first thing though, usually about 10.30am just as my energy levels are beginning to slide and my work is starting to suffer. We usually have a variety of coffees in my work, too many fussy people! Recently we have been using the Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated style. We had all thought with the decaffeinated style supposedly being better for you we would give it a try to see what we thought and if we really could taste a difference.
A glass jar with a bit of a waistline, a red lid and a red label picturing a golden scoop of coffee beans. Although recently I have noticed a new packaging, which now has a blue lid and blue label picturing a golden coffee bean! The 200g jar can be bought for around about £5.40 and the 100g jar for about £2.74.
A Bit About the Coffee
Nescafe first launched instant coffee in 1938 and their first freeze dried coffee was produced in 1984 with decaffeinated varieties first being released in 1986.
Although I would not consider myself to be addicted to coffee I do certainly love a mug or two a day and I really enjoy a good quality instant coffee. The Nescafe blends are definitely my favourite by far and I cannot really fault any of them. I do personally prefer to stick to the decaffeinated blends to help reduce my caffeine intake.
When first piercing the golden foil top I noticed the Gold Blend Decaffeinated variety to have the same tantalising aroma as the regular Gold Blend, I love the aroma that hits you when you first open the jar, such a unique and tempting aroma, that's just asking to be made into a tasty mug of coffee.
The usual freeze dried granules, just pretty much the same as most freeze dried granules. I prefer to put the coffee granules and milk into the mug first and then add the boiled water. I find this method keeps the flavour of the coffee better and stops it from having a slightly burnt taste to it, alternatively you can add the water before the milk but let the boiled water cool slightly before adding. Either method, I find these granules don't always dissolve fully at first leaving some brown dots floating around the top of the mug, which I personally think makes it look even more tasty! Once ready to drink I again find the aroma similar to that of the caffeinated blends and yes, the taste as well. I was really pleasantly surprised by the flavour, it really does taste as good as the varieties with caffeine in them.
Only having a couple of mugs of coffee a day I don't really drink coffee for the caffeine kick, it's more a refreshment for a well-deserved break! I was really glad when I tasted Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated as I felt it did still have the lovely rich, full-bodied flavour of the original blend without the caffeine.
Coffee in general has a lot of antioxidants in it and after water is the most drunk fluid in the world, I think if you are not drinking instant coffee purely for the caffeine kick then this is a great blend to try. It has the great taste of the original blend without the caffeine. I would definitely recommend.
I have always been a coffee fanatic and I simply can not wake properly in the mornings without my cup of morning coffee. I have tried many different varieties but the one I always end up coming back to is Nescafe original decaffeinated. I loathe cheap tasting coffee and rarely buy supermarket brands and I also dislike powdered coffee as I think it tastes really yucky. Nescafe is a rich, full bodied and aromatic cuppa which really gives you the early morning wake up boost without the need for a heavy dose of caffine. It comes in a granule form and not a frothy powder and therefore dissolves in water much better. It isn?t too strong to impair the flavour and it doesn?t leave a nasty aftertaste. Nescafe comes in a glass jar with a brown and red label on the front and the price depends on which size jar you purchase. Small jars are as little as 99p whilst some of the bigger jars can cost up to £5. Nescafe do make other kinds of specialist coffees but in my eyes they simply can not beat the original variety. The smell alone is rich and delicious and can almost supply you with that morning fix to wake you up. I?d be lost without my morning fix and so this has to be my best coffee. It is also available with caffine for those of you who need it. Thank you for reading. Nancy
Nescafe Decaffeinated isn’t much different to real coffee. I am one of those people, who, if I drink too much caffeine, I get migraines and become dizzy! I will never forget the time I fainted in an Art lesson! There I was sketching away, and boom! Out I went! So, straight to the docs’ to be told shattering news… “Well, Matt. Its obvious what this is.” The doctor screeched. “What, doctor?” I asked. Getting over my fall. I am rather melo-dramatic, and a hypochondriac! “You must cut down on your daily dosage of caffeine!” he said. I felt like fainting all over again. But I was strong and stayed in there!! How could this happen? And to me! Me, who drinks 90 cups a day. Me, who can’t leave the house without a cup of coffee having passed down my gullet. So, I went later to Kwiks Save for some shopping. Dragging my feet along the floor sulking. I was going to change into one of those tea drinkers – if you are a tea drinker, skip this paragraph, and go onto the next, you may find this offensive! – I’d arrive home and say: “Put the kettle on, I’m dying for a cuppa!” Aggghh! I couldn’t turn out like that. I ran to the coffee shelf and found Nescafe Decaffeinated! My future… So, I thought I might as well give it a go, and I was pleasantly surprised with its taste. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between this and the original coffee. It was as tasty and it was very enjoyable… The packaging is the same as Nescafe Original. A see-through glass jar, which shows you the granules inside. The granules aren’t like sugar! I have had some coffees, where it’s so smooth, it’s not tasty. I don’t care how lumpy it is, it dissolves and comes out for the better in the end anyway! The only kind of problem I had with it was very slight, and also is the problem with original Nescafe. It
may sound stupid, but the granules take a while to dissolve – some might say this is because they aren’t teenee! When I stir in the granules, it sometimes takes a while to get a smooth stir. Ever, ever so slight, but must be added!!! (I think I’m getting the hang of this!!) So, now this is my favourite coffee! It’s easy to make, decaffeinated, and simply enjoyable. So, if you’re at the shops soon, give it a go, it’s not a MUST, but to save on sleep it’s good, innit? The prices, obviously vary from shop to shop, but for a 100g jar, you and buy it for around £2,00! Steep, but worth it for the taste! Written by: Matt Roberts.
I am a coffee addict. I really am. I have about 12 coffees a day. If I don't have a cup for a couple of hours I get irritable, twitchy and totally preoccupied with getting a caffeine fix. In the mornings, I stand over the kettle WILLING it to boil faster. If I'm going on a car journey longer than an hour, I take a flask. Which is all rather worrying really, and the reason why last week I bought a jar of Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated. I decided I'd better try and wean myself off at least half the amount of non-decaff I currently drink. Medical research into food and drink doesn't seem to be the most reliable of sciences. What it tells you one year, it often retracts the next. So I think that anything you read in the press about food and drink should normally be taken with a pinch of salt. That said, however, coffee - specifically, the caffeine in coffee - is a stimulant, and stimulants are not necessarily a good thing to swallow 12 times a day, every day. Of course caffeine can be useful. There are many occasions when a stimulant helps, such as on long motorway drives when you're in danger of dozing off through boredom, or when you need to stay awake for other reasons. It can also give you a feeling of vigour when you don't naturally feel that way. On the other, less desirable, hand, the stimulant caffeine can make the heart race, cause anxiety, stop you sleeping and even cause panic attacks and tremors in susceptible people. If you're not susceptible, then no problem. But I am susceptible to anxiety and panic, and I decided the caffeine probably wasn't helping. So back to the product. Nescafe Gold Blend Decaffeinated is a decaffed version of the best-selling Gold Blend. I believe it is separated from the caffeine by a watering and washing away process. As Gold Blend is one of my favourite coffees I thought the decaff version was my best bet for getting something I would
like (or at least be able to tolerate). The decaff comes in the same style and size of jar as the usual Gold Blend, but with red packaging rather than gold. It currently retails for £2.64 for 100g at Tesco, which is 50p more expensive than the non-decaff version. In the 200 g jars, the decaff is over a pound more expensive. When you open the lid and first pierce the film, you get a rich aroma not unlike the non-decaff. It also looks the same - freeze dried little pieces of a mid-brown colour. But the real test is, of course, the taste... Gold Blend Decaffeinated is definitely different than the non-decaff version. It's hard to describe, but the best way I can think o is to say that it lacks the 'kick' of the full-caffeine version. It also has a toasty, slightly burnt aftertaste, and I found that I needed a little more sugar in it than normal to counteract this. After I finish a mug of Gold Blend Decaff, I don't feel satisfied in the way that I do after a mug of normal coffee. Whether this is because I'm addicted to caffeine and the decaff is not satisfying that craving I don't know. Gold Blend Decaffeinated isn't horrible. It just isn't gorgeous. It's tolerable veering on mildly pleasant. It's coffee with impotence. I'm nowhere near the stage where I could drink decaff first thing in the morning - or for any of my first three cups of the day, come to that - but I am sort of happy to drink it in the afternoon and evening. Compared with proper Gold Blend the decaff pales into insignificance, but judged on its own I consider it a quality product with a good flavour which is pleasant to drink. If you're already a decaff drinker I'd highly recommend it, but if, like me, you're a caffeine lover who's trying to cut down, I have to say it's only a shadow of a substitute.
It's surprising really how many people drink coffee purely for the caffine...hot black coffee in the morning before lectures I honestly can't see the appeal, that doesn't wake you up it just does nasties to the inside of your body!!! As a student my flatmates were sickened to find that my coffee is in fact de-caf, I mean where's the point in that??? Wont sober you up and it wont keep you awake, well actually when i drink coffee I drink it for the taste I actually like coffee... Some de caf coffee looks a lighter brown it is bitty and doesn't have the rich full flavour as the stuff that keeps you up all night, others just don't taste the same, usual coffee can be less bitter than de-caf and smell stronger, has a deeper richer brown colour and is generally more appealing. My mother introduced me to this caffine free alternative she appears to be utra caffine sensitive it makes her shake and she can;t sleep at night even if the offending cup of coffee was at 12:00 mid day. This alternative you can never tell the difference, my dad being a big strong man takes on the caffine...he says the de-caf stuff is rubbish but when at home if I ever make them drinks I always use the de-caf, why get out 2 jars when you can use one, he never notices and often says it's good. Trust me if you are used to any instant coffee I dubt you would ever notice the difference if you switched to this, except perhaps sleeping would be easier and your heart can keep a steady normal beat. For a coffee the instant granuals do look a lighter colour for being de-caffinated but do not be alarmed it doesn't make a light pathetic attempt at the drink, it has a good strong rich aroma, and below the stay fresh seal, theres a strong full flavour ready to escape. With it being an instant mix you can just shove it n a cup pour boiling water on and stir, ot it also works in these coffee making machine things, to make expresso, or have milk or
cream on top...gorgeous...whatever it disolves completely and you'd never know you had started with a tea spoon full of granuals in the cup.... a big full mug of coffee, whipped cream and a sprinkle of dark chocolote...perfect... Obviously an instant coffee can't rival the actual beans being turned to coffee on the spot but it does a good job, it has a lovely taste and a smooth, warming texture with a full body and good taste...NO BITTER AFTER TASTE and little to no sugar is required. Makes and excellent cup of coffe without the fuss of all the beans and without the consequences of caffine, quick and very simple
I know that many people feel that without the caffeine coffee lacks a little something. (Decaf tends to get a less enthusiastic response.) I used to only drink caffeinated coffee in the past and lots of it!. I drank a lot of Nescafe (it being more expensive and better tasting for it I found). Then I had to give up buying Nescafe because, as a student at the time, it was too expensive for me, and no longer worth the extra money to me. I have recently purchased Nescafe again but decafeinated this time. I find it is better with milk and sugar (I realise adding sugar and milk) is a matter of taste) but it has I suspect just as nice a taste as the original coffee. Some people I know cannot tell the difference they say, when they drink it. If you want to de-toxify, cleanse your system after Christmas, what better way than to introduce this coffee and other decaffeinated drinks into your budget and system!!?. I cannot tell you that drinking this will wake you up or give you a lift but it has to be better for you in the long run.
All the great taste and rich aroma you'd expect from Nescafé, but for those who prefer their coffee without caffeine. All Nescaé decaffeinated products in the UK are decaffeinated using pure water, leaving 100% pure coffee.